Sam Aidun wrote his fist song at the age of 3. He tortured his parents by singing it non-stop until the age of 4. His parents returned the favor by forcing him to take piano and violin lessons thinking their son might be a child prodigy. By the time he was 6 yrs old, he realized music was cutting into his play time too much, and decided to quit and pursue play full time. It was during this time that the “play” of “Foul Play” originated.
Sam continued this play time until the age of 17, when he began singing again. His singing was terrible. The only outlet that would allow him release was rugby parties. Sam, a natural for entertaining large groups of drunken people, did very well in this setting. He would sing foul rugby songs while acting out lewd lyrics and destroying personal property. The “foul” in Foul Play was developing.
The crowd enjoyed the unpredictable blunt nature of the show while Sam enjoyed the “Oh my god, he didn’t just say/do that” reactions. College groups outside of rugby began inviting Sam to their parties, even tolerating his crude and destructive behavior, just for the entertainment value. Sam had an underground cult like following throughout upstate NY, until finally, the inevitable happened.
Despite his blatant disregard for academy and everything structural, Sam completed his credits and graduated. This crushed his college entertainer status because he was no longer in college. He tried to hang around and keep his reign as #1 party entertainer, but soon found he was becoming old guy on campus instead.
Sam headed west wondering if there’d ever be a market for his entertainment outside the college circuit he so easily dominated. Before he left, he made one crucial decision. He bought a guitar and a book. He sounded like shit and he knew it. To make matters worse, he ran out of money in Columbus, Ohio. So he stayed, delivering pizza and playing guitar.
He began producing manimalistic songs describing the foul of life and the need for play. He called it “Sam’s Mess”. He performed Sam’s Mess in bars all over Columbus, Ohio. A video tape of one of these performances was circulating around local musicians in Columbus which spawned another underground cult following for Sam’s ridiculous, delight-foul music.
While destroying someone’s refrigerator at a house party, Sam was approached to form a band by a young guitarist who particularly enjoyed the foul nature of this act. Sam agreed to form a band, changed “Sam’s Mess” to “Foul Play”, and played his first gig with a full band at Ruby Tuesdays in Columbus, Ohio on Jan 16, 2002. They were banned and asked never to return.
After playing many shows throughout the Midwest, Sam moved to Los Angeles. The strange pleasantness of Foul Play’s raw rock attracted Los Angeles session musicians, Eric Hargett and Curtis Cunningham. After a successful run as a guitar player in Columbus, Ohio, the original guitarist of Foul Play, William Learned, later moved to Los Angeles and re-joined the band.
They soon recorded their debut album “Musiculous”, followed by 2 music videos, “Julio”, and “Problematic”, featuring porn-stars Ron Jeremy, Sunny Leone and Cali Nova.
Life is Foul Play it now.